Savannah Style: Summer Breakfast Party

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By Paula Deen

Some say it’s so hot this time of year in Savannah that by ten o’clock in the morning, the chickens are laying hard boiled eggs!

Y’all, just because it’s burning up outside, I don’t want to be held hostage in my house all day and miss out on spending time outdoors with my family and friends. I just have to be smart about it. So, this past week I decided to host an early morning breakfast on the side porch of my guest cottage. I knew I couldn’t beat the heat, but I thought I might be able to outsmart it for a couple of hours. I did all the decorating the night before –after the sun went down and the sand gnats had gone to bed. In the morning, I only had to set out the flowers and place settings and make us a good ole’ Southern breakfast of Biscuits with Sausage and Bacon Gravy, Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Custard, The Lady’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs and Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice. Since Michael is my coffee maestro, I had him whip us up a batch of Mama’s Iced Mochas. It was a perfect summer morning and we all had the best time relaxin’ in the shade before the sun got too hot and the biscuits too cold.

Here’s what I did:

imageDécor: I had Michael move a table that lives in my niece, Corrie’s room out to the porch. Y’all it is so old, but I think the older it gets the better it looks. We just keep painting it blue. I bet it has 6 coats of blue paint on it by now. I have a collection of old wicker chairs that live out on the cottage porch, so I just pulled them up to the table. I think what made the space were these adorable vintage fabric pennants that came from Etsy.com. The sweet girl that makes them is from Idaho and she sews them out of vintage fabrics. I just love them and ever since I got them, I’ve been hanging them up all over the place. I think they make the porch festive don’t you!

imagePlace Settings: Don’t you just love the way blue and yellow go so perfectly together, especially for breakfast! I sat a simple table using a bright yellow charger with one of my white everyday plates on top of it. I have this colored flatware in so many colors, but the blue is perfect. It’s the same kind of flatware my mother used when we had picnics. The napkins are a simple solid navy, but I made them extra special by using these cute fabric pennant napkin rings. They mirror the pennant banner hanging above the table. I always think it’s good to tie one thing on the table together with the décor around the table don’t you? The juice glasses aren’t old, they just look like it and that’s what I loved about them. And finally, who doesn’t like to drink out of an old-fashioned paper straw!

Here’s how to make your own Fabric Pennant Napkin Rings.

imageCenterpiece: I looked all over the house and couldn’t find a vase I liked for the table, so I decided to make my own out of a brown kraft paper bag! I just rolled down the sides and placed a clear vase filled with water inside to hold the flowers. The flowers were all picked from my yard (and a few stolen from planted pots –don’t tell Brandon). I used ornamental cabbage, yellow lilies, yellow snapdragons and blue delphiniums. I think it’s perfect for a breakfast table!

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i just love the things you put together, it always sounds simple,your cooking shows are great,my over 55 yrs.are coming down there next wk.end (i thought it was a chance of a life time for me because we were going to have dinner at lady and sons.but my little great grandaughter's birth day is on Sat. so disappointed.maybe another chance will come up.marge payne

By margie Payne on September 30, 2011

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Could you tell me the name of the bird fabric on the pillow or where you got the pillow? I love it!

By abby on August 07, 2011

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Having CP, I can pull "rank", get up at 10AM, and have my breakfast. Yes, it's hot in Charlotte. Do you have any ideas, other than cold ceral, cold milk, and pills? My aid makes blue Cheese bisquits ( my recipe )! I cannot think of something cold to serve with it.

By Tom Harrison on July 28, 2011

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IU have made several times your Bannana Pudding in your Lady and Sons cookbook and loved every mouthful, I wanted to tell you that I did something a little different. I went to a Mennonite market Here in Hagerstown and was looking ofr vanilla wafers and was unable to find any so I improvised and used the fresh baked ginger snaps for the subsitute and that was lick the bowl clean good. Just thought I would share Thanks Deborah

By Deborah Agee on July 28, 2011

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What a beautiful presentation! Thanks.

By William H. Stoneman on July 28, 2011

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm